Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him ... See full summary »
Seeing a way to reassert control over her adult son's life when he faces manslaughter charges, an affluent Romanian woman sets out on a campaign of emotional and social manipulation to keep... See full summary »
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Lazarescu, a 63 year old lonely man feels sick and calls the ambulance. When it arrives, the paramedic decides he should take him to the hospital but once there they decide to send him to another hospital and then yet another... As the night unfolds and they can't find a hospital for Mr. Lazarescu, his health starts to deteriorate fast. Written by
The man's full name is Dante Remus Lazarescu. Dante wrote of the circles of hell. Remus was a co-founder of ancient Rome, killed by his twin. Lazarescu reminds us of Lazarus, who was lucky enough to find someone who could raise him from the dead. See more »
We all bite the dust one day, some of us sooner than others...
Life sucks. Two words that can very easily define the content of this movie. If you take a look at your average American production about hospitals/emergency shifts, you'll undoubtedly see "Chicago Hope" type of docs and nurses running around hallways with patients on stretchers, shouting at each other desperately, saying stuff like "This guy needs O2 fast!", "Morphine NOW!!!", "OMG! We're losing him, shockers ASAP!". All of them doing they're best to save the life of the poor bastard that rests in their hands. Well you won't get any of that in this picture. All you'll get here is a cold glass of reality.
"Moartea domnului Lazarescu" - roughly translated into "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu" is the content of the above-mentioned glass. This tragicomic story takes place in a little place I like (usually dislike) to call home, Romania-Bucharest. Don't worry, no spoilers here(although the title itself could be considered one). The movie depicts the way a misfortunate elderly citizen get's carried away from hospital to hospital in order to find relief for his condition. I won't go too much in the story, because it's really worth seeing it for yourself. Now of course if you are lacking the skill to speak Romanian(and you most probably are), or if you aren't used with subtitles, this movie might be a little hard to chew. But if you can jump this minor obstacle, you're in for an interesting movie.
The action takes place at a slow and calm pace, too calm and too slow for the old man and his health issues. Wherever he is taken by the two ambulance medics he seems to be mistreated/patronized by doctors and nurses. This is not the only conflict in the movie. The film tries to show you the unpleasant attitude between various medical units. For example, the practically never ending conflicts between doctors and ambulance medics.
This movie isn't really the commercial sort (that's a compliment on my part). The very slow pace at which everything happens will probably send off many viewers. But if you are patient, you'll see that by the middle of the picture you'll get more and more curious of what will happen next to Mr. Lazarescu.
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